What's New - Juli 2020

A message from our Executive Director
Dear GABA community,
The last 10 weeks have been difficult and stressful for many members of our community, fighting racial injustice and a global pandemic at the same time. As an organization with a mission to make connections between global communities, GABA shares the pain and outrage as we witness more acts of violence against people of color. Please know we deeply care about diversity, and are committed to fostering an inclusive community with equal access to opportunity for everyone, in the US and the rest of the world.

With COVID-19 cases still growing in the United States, we have canceled or postponed all of our in-person events until restrictions are lifted or it is safe to meet again. As a non-profit that is only funded by membership and event fees, this decision has considerable financial impact on our operating budget. However, we believe that it is more important than ever to keep the GABA community connected, network and learn from each other, and inspire one another. Therefore, we have offered many free events to serve our community (small networking events, thought leadership panels, and knowledge sharing webinars), and are working on launching a stronger and even more supportive GABA this fall. Please consider a donation to GABA to help us through these uncertain times. With your support we will continue to create programs to connect and strengthen the German-American business community during these extraordinary times.
Caroline Raynaud

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GABA Events

Please take advantage of our free online events. To make sure you don't miss any events that are put together last minute we encourage you to check our calendar frequently as well as subscribe to our mailing list to receive notifications of upcoming events.
How are you holding up during COVID-19? - Let's share!
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Meeting 
Let's get together to network and exchange our experience of the last 3 months. We want to hear from you!
How did you juggle your work and your social distancing life?
What were your assumptions? What did actually happen?
What are your summer plans? Looking forward to sharing our experiences - let's network at our informal lunch-hour-zoom-meeting!
Immigration During Times of Crisis - Part 2
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual Meeting 
GABA NorCal and SoCal will give an update in this joined event on the latest proclamation for immigrants and what it means for them.
Stammtisch Mixer - Talk Topic: Clean and Renewable Energy
Thursday, July 9, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual Meeting 
We are excited to introduce one of our new GABA SoCal members, Christian Tasser, to the group! Christian will share some valuable insight about opportunities for renewable energy storage solutions for home and transportation applications. We encourage a discussion and exchange among the group for a fun networking mixer!
After the Pandemic: The Future of High Tech
Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual Meeting 
This talk gives a deep dive into the chances and opportunities that the Corona crisis presents for high tech and industries.
GABA Film Initiative Happy Hour Hollywood Chat
Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual Meeting 
Join us for our next GABA Film Initiative meeting! In lieu of meeting at someones home, like we did in the past, we will meet virtually, but we will give you the opportunity to meet and network informally. As our special guests, we have Ueli Steiger and Thomas Nellen join our group, and you are invited to ask questions and join in the conversation!
Good Design Needs a Crisis - Design Icons Hartmut Esslinger and Patricia Roller
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Meeting 
In this special episode of the SAP speaker series co-presented with GABA, we will focus on two exceptional leaders who have influenced countless iconic products over the last decades. Hartmut Esslinger and Patricia Roller, Co-Founders of Frog Design and GABA Lifetime Achievement Award winners in 2017 will talk about their journey from Germany to the West Coast after a call from Steve Jobs, building companies in the Valley, giving back to the community and how big challenges present the best opportunities for revolutionary design.

New and Renewing Members


Nettesheim Leadership

PROI World Intellectual Property


Individual Members:
Victor Florian
Jana Glock
Beate Kirmse
Sonja Stolzenberg
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Inside GABA

Stay updated to all GABA happenings by following us on our LinkedIn and our Facebook page. And to make sure you do not miss anything you can find recordings of our last events on GABA's youtube channel.

Contact Tracing - June 18

The New Funding Reality - June 11

Intentional Communication in the New Virtual Workplace - June 8

The Cloud-Based Workflow - Future of the Film Industry? - June 4

Health Insurance During COVID-19 Crisis: What happens if you lose your job or decide to retire? - June 2

Pivot During COVID? Experiences from Germany and the US - May 26


Partner Events

Venture Summit Virtual Connect - Global
Come meet, interact and network online with more than 1,300 VC's, Corporate VC's, angel investors, industry execs and founders of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies. Venture Summit Virtual Connect | Global is dedicated to showcasing VC's, Corporate VC's and angel investors committed to funding venture backed, emerging and early stage companies. GABA has made special arrangements for our network to receive a discount of 20% off the existing "early bird" savings. Register Today & Save Click here. Use promo code "GABAVIP".

Member News

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Led by their Bay Area "Silicon Valley Innovation Hub", Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany aims to accelerate the emerging field of cultured meat. Cell-cultured meat and seafood could provide a healthier, more ethical and sustainable alternative to conventional animal protein. This recently hosted webinar can tell you all you need to know about this exciting topic and how you can support it!

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Longtime Silicon Valley lawyer Roger Royse and seven colleagues have joined Haynes and Boone, LLP?s Palo Alto office.  They provide legal services ranging from corporate, financing, fund formation, and tax advice to employment and intellectual property. They work with companies ranging from newly-formed startups to publicly-traded multinationals in various industries, including the agriculture technology (AgTech), healthcare tech (Health Tech) and financial technology (FinTech) sectors. They also advise on complex tax structuring, high-stakes business negotiations, and financial transactions.

Culture Section

The Complaint of an Empress (Die Klage der Kaiserin)
In collaboration with L'Arche, Paris, the Goethe-Institut has launched Pina Bausch Tanzfilme, an online streaming program. It contains a small but exquisite selection of three films, is free of charge and will be available for 48 hours, each film. Please email us at info-chicago@goethe.de to obtain a access code that allows you to view the film free of charge. Beginning her work as a choreographer in 1968, Pina Bausch is the inventor of tanztheater as it is known today. During 40 years as Artistic Director of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, she nurtured an ensemble of vivid imagination and grand scale. Since her untimely death in 2009, the company has continued to tour her 46 choreographic works around the world.
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